Eliza Bagg is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and creative collaborator. Along with creating original material, she has worked with a number of prominent and emerging composers including John Zorn, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Chris Cerrone, Daniel Wohl, Bill Britelle, Olga Bell, Missy Mazzoli, and Emily Hall, among others. Recent and upcoming projects include John Zorn's Commedia dell'Arte at the Guggenheim, Michael Gordon's opera Acquanetta at the 2018 Prototype Festival, Amy Beth Kirsten's chamber work Savior with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's musicNOW series, Claire Chases's Density Project at The Kitchen, works by Steve Reich at Alice Tully Hall, medieval chant with Jacqueline Horner of Anonymous 4, Spiritual America with Infinite Palette at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and appearances at the Ecstatic Music Festival and Iceland Airwaves. She has performed with chamber ensembles such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, New Morse Code, Victoire, and Contemporaneous, and premiered four song cycles written specifically for her within the first six months of 2017. Bagg has been noted for her unique sound, having had Pitchfork compare her "haunting vocals" to "a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy."
Bagg sings regularly with Roomful of Teeth, and tours significantly with them across the United States including past performances with Nick Zammuto, A Far Cry, and Glenn Kotche, along with dozens of residencies at universities across the country. In addition, Bagg creatively leads and performs with her experimental pop band Pavo Pavo, whose music Stereogum calls “weightless pop that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future." Critically acclaimed for its "washed-out playfulness and wistful exuberance" (The Guardian), Pavo Pavo's debut album, Young Narrator in the Breakers, was released by Bella Union in November 2016. The band has toured significantly behind its release in Europe and the US. Bagg has collaborated with a number of artists including San Fermin, Tim Hecker, and Helado Negro.
Bagg has sung as a soloist or in small chamber ensemble with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, andPlay, New Morse Code, NOW Ensemble, Axiom Ensemble, Victoire, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the American Symphony Orchestra, the St. Andrew Chorale and Orchestra, and Contemporaneous. She continues to appear frequently with a number of choirs and vocal ensembles including Tenet, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Lorelei Ensemble, and Conspirare.
Bagg was a fellow at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival where she joined the Bang on a Can All-Stars as a soloist in a staged performance of Michael Gordon's opera Van Gogh. Other recent highlights include performances on both the 2016 MATA Festival and Interval series performing new chamber works, a workshop of Amy Beth Kirsten's Quixote with Howl and Sandbox Percussion, John Zorn's The Holy Visions at the Cloisters (“sung brilliantly” according to The New York Times), a workshop with experimental musician Tim Hecker at EMPAC, a presentation of Olga Bell's Krai at the River to River Festival, a 9-week exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory of work by conceptual artist Martin Creed, The Colorado at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Roomful of Teeth, Judd Greenstein's opera A Marvelous Order, and Missy Mazzoli’s Vespers for a New Dark Age with Mazzoli's ensemble Victoire.
Also a performer of Baroque and Renaissance music, Bagg recently appeared with the St. Andrew Chorale and Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Bach's St. John Passion and as a soloist at the Bach Berkshire Society. She has held featured roles in operas at the Bard Music Festival, the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop, and was a student at the 2014 American Bach Soloists Academy with Jeffrey Thomas at the San Francisco Conservatory. Bagg graduated in 2012 with a BA in Music from Yale University. As a student at Yale, Bagg sang with Schola Cantorum under MAsaaki Suzuki, and was the winner of the 2011 Friends of Music Competition and the 2012 Wrexham Prize in Music. Bagg was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina where she spent most of her time playing violin and studying modern dance.